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Echolab HD World 2008 Product Preview

Echolab HD World 2008 Preview

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Company Background

Echolab, Inc. is a leading provider of video production switchers and related tools that offer flexibility and on-air reliability for the production and distribution of digital media in a variety of formats. With products including its flagship Overture1™ and Overture2™ video production systems, Echolab delivers the robust functionality, reliability, and ease-of-use critical to professional-quality productions. Since its founding in 1974, the company has delivered more than 6,000 production solutions to a global client base including major broadcast networks and stations, corporations, educational institutions, houses of worship, sports arenas, entertainment venues, and military facilities.

Echolab Products on Display at HD World 2008

MegaKeyMD™ — Debuting for the first time at HD World, MegaKeyMD™ is a powerful clip player, mixer, and keyer that can serve as a networked storage device for animated graphics and video clips. MegaKeyMD accepts both HD and SD inputs and features a two-channel internal mixer and internal linear keyer to support playout of dynamic video clips. The system is fully integrated with Echolab's Overture™ switcher series to support complex animated transitions through the switchers' Stinger™ feature. MegaKeyMD also may be used with Overture systems as an additional downstream keyer or mixer on any output.

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Overture2™ MD — Echolab's 2-M/E Overture2™ MD is a sleek, ergonomically designed multidefinition video production system with a comprehensive range of intuitive tools for producing high-quality programming with stunning effects. Internal conversion and synchronization combine with powerful key layering and special effects to put creative control at the user's fingertips.

Internal frame synchronization helps to ensure the quality of effects, and integrated up/crossconversion streamlines switching of video in multiple formats. Four M/E keys and two downstream keyers enable title keying for graphics, logos, and bugs, and Echolab's unique Stinger™ and SuperSource™ keys make it easy to achieve expert transitions with minimal effort.

The Stinger transition is a special "Take Block" keyer with combined mix/wipe and graphic control that reduces complex animated transitions to a single button press. The SuperSource™ crosspoint allows the operator to build a custom layout using DVEs and graphics and then assign the composition to a crosspoint button. A DVE key in each "Take Block" enables instant transition effects. The Overture2 MD features four channels of DVE with warp and lighting effects, accepts up to 32 multiformat analog and digital signals, and provides as many as 16 multiformat outputs.

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Conductor™ — Echolab's Conductor™ control integration system is a touch-screen computer that automates complex tasks and program elements to support fast, accurate, and creative production of the best programs possible. Internal software tools offer the operator total confidence while on air. In preproduction mode, Conductor allows the operator to configure the switcher, create complex sequences, and assign functions such as M/E presets to soft buttons. In on-air mode, Conductor becomes an extension of the control panel — a touch screen interface with soft buttons that can execute sequences, recall M/E presets, and control third-party devices. In some applications, Conductor may be used to replace a dedicated still store.

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